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1. Pregnancy & Birth

Fertility and conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postpartum period.

2. The Infant

From newborn to 17 months.

3. The Toddler

From 18 months to age 3.

4. The Growing Child

From age 4 to age 9.

5. The Adolescent

From age 10 to age 18.

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Cultivating Attachment: Making It Easy For Your Kids to Talk to You
Wednesday, 13 Mar, 2013 – 11:56 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il
“Children should be seen and not heard” was a common attitude in generations past. Today we are more aware of the importance …

Balancing Attachment Parenting and Intimate Relationships
Tuesday, 12 Feb, 2013 – 4:00 | 8 Comments

By Kassandra Brown, parent coach, www.parentcoaching.org
Attachment Parenting International offers Eight Principles of Parenting. The eighth principle is about balance in personal and family life. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some ways …

The “Go Away, Persona” Mystery: Helping my Young Child Adjust to a Change of Caregivers
Wednesday, 30 Jan, 2013 – 5:27 | 6 Comments

By Tamara Brennan, Ph.D. , Executive Director of the Sexto Sol Center,  www.ourcozytime.com
In the pine covered Sierra Madre Mountains of southern Mexico we are raising our young daughter on a small permaculture farm. We keep our door …

The Roots of Learning Self-Control
Thursday, 24 Jan, 2013 – 5:14 | 2 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il

I was looking forward to a pleasant afternoon on the playground with my grandchildren, only to find all too soon I had …

Kids and Sex: Getting Comfortable with “The Talk”
Thursday, 17 Jan, 2013 – 5:23 | 10 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International leader (API of Portland,Oregon USA), www.kellybartlett.net 
It’s never too early to begin talking with your kids about sex. In …

A Tantrum is a Choice
Monday, 14 Jan, 2013 – 4:25 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.AuthenticParent.com
A tantrum can vanish before it starts if we put the spotlight on it with validation and playfulness. Six-year-old Danny (names and scenarios are changed) …

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows
Monday, 7 Jan, 2013 – 5:12 | 8 Comments

By Susan Guibert, reprinted with permission, Notre Dame News, http://newsinfo.nd.edu/
Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at …

The “Tree Daddy”: A Parenting Metaphor
Thursday, 3 Jan, 2013 – 6:00 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il
The rain poured down relentlessly, with winds blowing so hard that trees were being pulled from their roots and blown over. My …

Listening for Understanding
Monday, 31 Dec, 2012 – 6:00 | No Comment

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting leader (API of Portland,Oregon USA), www.kellybartlett.net
Parents spend a significant amount of time talking to kids. We have a lifetime …

When Siblings Hurt Each Other
Thursday, 27 Dec, 2012 – 6:00 | 5 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il
It’s sometimes said that parents shouldn’t get involved when siblings fight, but rather let them work it out themselves. Sometimes children do …

Talking Parent-to-Parent
Monday, 24 Dec, 2012 – 6:00 | No Comment

By Jake Cunningham, parent
Sometimes no matter how hard I try, I just can’t find the emotional room to comfort my 2-year-old son, Jack. I try, as we all do, to be the best parent I …

Minimizing Power Struggles: Ten Tips for Fewer Battles and More Peace with Your Preschooler
Wednesday, 19 Dec, 2012 – 4:00 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting leader (API of Portland,Oregon USA), www.kellybartlett.net
If you’ve ever tried to get your young child to do something you want, …

Visiting Family for the Holidays
Monday, 17 Dec, 2012 – 4:00 | One Comment

By Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, www.ahaparenting.com
We all want our relatives to see how wonderful our kids are.  Unfortunately, taking children to visit over …

Grief in Children
Saturday, 15 Dec, 2012 – 5:05 | No Comment

By Margie Wagner & Callie Little, Child Development Media, www.childdevelopmentmedia.com, reprinted with permission
It goes without saying that the grieving process is a complicated and intensely personal one. It is difficult enough for adults to deal …

Why You Should Talk to Your Kids About Death
Saturday, 15 Dec, 2012 – 3:30 | 2 Comments

By Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW, www.growparenting.com, reprinted with permission
As a parent educator, I rarely use the word “should.” As a matter of fact, I cringe at the idea of giving parents one more SHOULD, almost as …

Ten Tips for Raising a More Peaceful Child
Monday, 3 Dec, 2012 – 17:14 | 4 Comments

By Bill Corbett, author of Love, Limits & Lessons, www.cooperativekids.com
The General Assembly of the United Nations declared September 21st as the International Day of Peace. Since the first year of celebration, many schools around the …

When Relatives Criticize
Tuesday, 2 Oct, 2012 – 19:59 | 12 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q:  My relatives criticize Attachment Parenting. They question my ability to parent and tell me that I am jeopardizing the children’s development and keeping them …

Don’t Believe Everything in the News: What Pro-Spanking Research Misses
Tuesday, 2 Oct, 2012 – 19:56 | 6 Comments

By Ralph S. Welsh, PhD, ABPP, the “father of Belt Theory,” www.nospank.net/welsh.htm
I was horrified to discover the [2010] media attention given to the findings of Prof. Marjorie Gunnoe’s small, twice-rejected-by-peer-reviewed-journals, study on the …

Transitioning Home: An interview with Catherine Myers, director of the Family & Home Network
Tuesday, 2 Oct, 2012 – 19:50 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API leader
Many new parents or parents-to-be would like to stay at home with their children but find the transition from a professional career to a stay-at-home lifestyle to be …

Parenting for a Sustainable World: Cultivating a Reverence for Life
Tuesday, 2 Oct, 2012 – 19:36 | No Comment

By Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International, coauthor of Attached at the Heart, www.parentslifeline.com
**Reprinted with permission from Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine, www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org
It wasn’t until I became a parent that I truly …

True Sharing Can’t Be Taught
Wednesday, 22 Aug, 2012 – 10:09 | 7 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of The Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifecenter.org.il
When educational television tries to teach young children to share, it’s helpful for parents to know how the desire to share really develops …

How Independence and Maturity Develops
Wednesday, 15 Aug, 2012 – 10:23 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of The Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifecenter.org.il
A father of an 18-year-old boy recently consulted with me because, among other things, his son had totaled the family’s car. As any …

Cosleeping Reality: Your Toddler’s Bedtime May Be Yours, Too
Wednesday, 15 Aug, 2012 – 10:01 | 22 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: Every night, I put my 13-month-old daughter to sleep in our family bed, but shortly afterward, she wakes up and I have to start …

Why Early Attachment Matters for Childhood, and Beyond
Tuesday, 3 Jul, 2012 – 15:25 | 7 Comments

By Peter Ernest Haiman, PhD, www.peterhaiman.com
The quality of love a mother gives during her child’s first years of life has a tremendous and long-term impact on that youngster. A life that could be described as …

Playful Learning
Tuesday, 3 Jul, 2012 – 13:37 | 6 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor & API leader
I am quite happy with the preschool that my children attended, although it took a lot of interviewing teachers and visiting sites, and a bit of trial-and-error, to …